This week, ESD Global is in Vancouver, taking over the Women Deliver Conference!
With over 8,000 participants, the event is one of the largest women's conferences in the world.
Women Deliver is “a leading global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women. Our advocacy drives investment – political and financial – in the lives of girls and women worldwide. We harness evidence and unite diverse voices to spark commitment to gender equality. And we get results. Anchored in sexual and reproductive health, we advocate for the rights of girls and women across every aspect of their lives. We know that investing in girls and women will deliver progress for all." More>>>
Our president, Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman, and our executive director, Ellen Krause-Grosman, along with Adi Vimner, CFO of El HaLev, have spent the past few days making connections, learning about other organizations, and advocating for Empowerment Self-Defense.
Here are some of the highlights:
We aren't even going to try to count the business cards we've collected. But that doesn't mean we're going to forget the people we've been talking to!
These are just a few of the wonderful connections we've made:
1. Over the past year, we've been building relationship with Every Woman Everywhere, and it was wonderful to have the chance to reconnect at their booth.
2. We had the chance to catch up with Vikram, the founder of Fightback Nepal. He'll be joining us at this summer's Men's Incubator, and his wife will be joining our Level 1 instructor training.
3. We were so moved by our conversation with Mohamed Sidibay, who grew up as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. He's not an advocate for ending GBV and educating boys.
4. Angela Benedicto told us all about her work with Wotesawa Domestic Workers Organization in Tanzinia)
Self-Defense Is On the Map: